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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 99
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dsa7783 on 01-22-2008)
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Photo of kmpitz2
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Trying this on the recommendation of stonecrusher.

It pours a deep murky brown color with a finger of head that grows tow two with the cascading bubbles. Retention is beyond belief. I have never seen a head grow on a beer after pouring it. The nose is sweet fig, brown sugar and a nice spiceyness to balance things out. Very nice indeed. The flavor is intense. Fig and raisin dominates, but there is a sherry-like quality to it. It almost has an almond or sweet cherry character to it, but muted. It is not overly sweet, and maybe a touch drying on the finish. The feel is solid moderate with a big bubbly carbonation. keeping it light on my tongue. Super flavor, super aroma, no hint of almost 10% ABV. Damn find beer. Very glad I have one in the cellar.

kmpitz2, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of jjayjaye
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the label, "...the weighty undeniable Extra" (Alias). 750ml bottle with import packaging that differs from the label indicated, with 9.5.% ABV . Foam creeps up and out of the bottle slowly (thankfully) after opening. With great care, one is able to pour gently without disturbing the contents. A shallow layer of bubbles settles out quickly. A couple of shades lighter than cola, but just as clear. Little lacing generated. The smell is large, complex and amazing; rich and earthy, fruity yet malty. Brown sugar or molasses over dark fruits. Full body lightened by the altogether creamy texture brought on by the artistic application of tiny bubbles. Full flavored, classic Belgian yeast mixed with rich dark fruit tastes. The alcoholic content is incredibly well hidden. The simultaneous nose, mouth, flavor combination of this one makes for an amazing drinker. I hereby amend my list of resolutions for 2008 to include serious further "consideration" of Belgian Strong Dark Ales!

jjayjaye, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of dcmchew
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2015, so i guess it's pretty fresh.
Dark brown, almost black pour, beige two finger fluffy head, great retention, moderately sticky. Half a finger of milky foam stuck around untill i finished the glass actually. Looks great.
Smell of Belgian sugars/caramel, dark malts, raisin and dry fig, as expected, really balanced, but not so strong.
Taste is heavy with dark fruit, with huge amounts of raisin, some dry figs and dates, plums with a bit of sour juiciness and faint berries. All these covered in caramel (alongside some light Belgian candi sugar) and set on a canvas of dark bread and biscuity malts. Lots of yeast activity, some nice dark spices kind of feel, with random hints of nutmeg, licorice, cinnamon and clove. Very low hop presence, with a subtle bitterness in the finish.
At first the dark fruit might seem too much, but it gets more balanced as it sits and warms. Alcohol starts to heat up bit by bit too, without being boozy or disturbing at any time.
Low carbonation, just a little prickly fizz, creamy and chewy, feels rather heavy, but it fits with the roundness of the taste.
A great tasty dark trappist, tho some might be disappointed by the apparent simplicity of the brew. I myself found it to be perfect, a great example for Belgian dark ales.

dcmchew, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

ruby. clear. rich in color like stained cherry wood. light bubbles collect on the surface. quite deceptive, they create a wall of lacing like whipped egg whites. settles into rich thick clouds atop one majestic brew. smell is unexpectedly exciting for a trappist. candi sugar is prevalent, but fermentation sweet spice and notes of horse blanket show up at the party. fruits are here too, but seem young. more banana and red berries than dark, dried currants and things of the like. first thing to hit my mouth is the creamy, retentive foam. it adds a silk texture to the complex, sweer bread and monastic ABV warmth. something exists in this beer beyond the regular achel bruin (besides alcohol).. it's a darker, more evil trappist brew.

some serious malt bitters the background to contrast the brighter fruit spectrum. it is my understanding that this was once the christmas achel, and as often happens with holiday beers like affligem and scaldis, the experimentation shown by the brewery adds to an already stellar beer.

stands complimentary along achel 8 bruin as something totally different.. evolved.. and equally respectable. more of a once-in-a-while thing, but perfect for those special occassions.. (in this case, the contender final episode).

goodbyeohio, May 25, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl capped bottle best before 12/2007. Pours a turbid, sienna brown color with a fluffy tan head that lasts for a while. Particulary complex nose; malt, plum-like fruitiness, yeasty, cocoa and some alcohol notes. Clovey phenolic and vinous, with ample maltiness and caramelly sweetness, dark fruit notes like plum and currant, and a pungent yeastiness; lightly hopped, drying the finish a bit. Alcohol esters are sharp, but melded pretty well with all the other amalgamation of flavors. Ample carbonation keeps it light and crisp on the tongue, enhancing the overall experience. A thin cap of foam lasts all to way to the bottom of the goblet. A very nice Trappist overall, and the best in the Achel line of ales.

crookedhalo, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml green flask dimpled base bottle. Unlike the Brune and Blonde the Achelse Kluis has its own unique label which has a picture of the Abbeye above the words ‘Achelse Kluis Bruin Bier/Biere Brune Extra’. Listed at Alc. 9,5° Vol and Best Before 12-07.

Appearance: Nowhere near as good as the “smaller” 8° Brune that I just had. Whilst the body has the same dark brown color with darkened amber highlights, this time it has a slight hazed looked. The big difference is the head, it forms easily but rescinds quickly back into the body of the brew, leaving a tan colored halo and the merest wisps of lacing.

Nose: Thankfully, only the appearance is different from the 8° Brune. The nose, yet again, has lots of smooth malts, raisins, dark fruits, figs, prunes and some vanilla too. But this time the aromas are more powerful and have a slightly sweeter aspect than the 8° Brune. A stronger more candied and alcoholic Brune nose which can be brutally punching at times.

Taste: A malty chocolate rich beginning with some ovaltine like qualities, thick and very rich malts start to finish. Honeycombed dark fruits trapped in the viscous malts break out in the latter third. Solid and bold, it’s a crotch kicking Brune that has no surprises, but whilst it is a big example of the style it still retains some refined Trappiste character.

Mouthfeel: Raw and powerful, thick malts and unrefined molasses build in the strength. A Brune on steroids it takes some getting used to.

Drinkability: Nowhere as silky as the 8° Brune, the 9.5° Brune Extra has a harsher almost rude yet raw powerful character at times. Whereas the 8° Brune has a fine smooth performance for the everyday Freeway, the 9.5° Brune Extra is stripped down and is a high performance Street Racer, the Radio, luxury interior and fancy dashboard have all gone to make way for a Rally thoroughbred full of dials. No excess baggage here, this one is a High Performance Drag Racing Brune.

Overall: I really enjoyed the 8° Brune, and whilst this is supposed to be a ‘Brune Extra’, the delinquent appearance detracted from this one a little. Now, of course, this could well be the result of poor handling so I’m hesitant to be too harsh here. Nevertheless, for the “Extra” [read “Extra Powerful and Extra Raw”] Brune, this one lacks the smooth rich mature aspects of the 8° Brune but it makes up for that with its fast heart beat inducing Street Racing nature. The Achelse Kluis is a Powerful Brune, which maybe needs some aging to get the best from it, though given the under-carbonated example I had, I would have to know that the sample I decided to cellar was in better shape. Still, it is worth trying and well worth cellaring.

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750cl into Westvleteren chalice.

A. Pours a 1 finger head. Pretty thick lacing. Has a permanent head of about a centimeter. Color is very dark brown.

S. Really good. Wonderful mix of spice, and dark fruit. Get some clove and belgian yeast spicing up the mix along with raisins, figs, and the oh so good dark grape aroma. Really good smelling BSDA.

T. Nice balance of a wealth of flavors. Get spice, hops, dark fruit, sweet malt, brown sugar, rasisins, figs, Belgian yeast. Finishes on the sweet side. Get a little bit of hop bite, and some earthiness in the middle.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium/low carbonation. Finishes sweet.

O. World class, I would agree with. However there are a lot of beers in that upper echelon, and I would have to rank this middle of the pack for that World Class group. Very well balanced, and extremely easy drinking. Lots of depth in the aroma and flavor. Nice balance of dry and sweet.

siradmiralnelson, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of draheim
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (best before 9/16/2015) into a tulip. Pours a cloudy mahogany w/ a big fluffy off-white head, tons of sticky lace.

Aroma is a big burst of dark stone fruits - figs, dates, raisins, plums - plus brown sugar, clean bready malt, Belgian yeast. Nice floral aromas coming through from the Old World hops too.

Taste is rich and complex, sweet but not sugary. Dried figs and dates, spices, rich sweet dark malt, toffee, and a warming touch of booze. Floral and spicy, lively.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, almost thick. Creamy. Carbonation is perfect, finishes pretty dry.

Overall an outstanding BSDA, up there with the best.

draheim, May 10, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by thirdeye11.

Pours a brown color with a white head. Aroma is yeast and Belgian candi sugar. You also get some caramel. The flavor is caramel with a lot of malted sweetness. The alcohol is definitely present. Medium carbonation and extremely drinkable, even for 9.5 percent ABV.

Mora2000, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of ADR
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big ass 750 of this seems like a good one for beer review # 1,000...

Completely opaque darker brown color, head is light ochre and good in an open Trois Pistoles chalice. Laces in sheets with holes tearing through. Aroma is sharp -- raisins, lime juice, mink oil, lots of yeasty perfume. Flavor goes in a slightly different direction and is solidly matched by a good medium mouthfeel. Very plummy, clove gum, and a back up of dried current, sweeter than the aroma implies. Becomes more molasses-like on warming, a white rum kind of deal. Hopping is a trace effect at best, but the wild and slightly astringent aroma matches well with the stolid body and malty flavors. Could use just a trace more complexity to the latter. Plenty of beer to experience here, though.

ADR, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of Auraan
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, dark, almost blackish brown color, with a one finger tan head that grew to a two finger head before receding to a thick foam leaving abundant lacing down the glass. Very nice, well done example of the style. Scents of dark fruit especially plume, some fig, red grape, slight grape skin, bready malt, hints of candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and some honey and cream, along with some wild sour and tannin like aromas all mingling together. As it warms apricot enters the aroma profile as well. Very pleasant, fruity, sweet and complex aroma with some nice wild yeast detectable. Very good, true to style but also unique in its own way. Taste begins with a boozy, sweet, fruity flavors with notes of alcohol, raisin, grape, plum, prune and fig flavors along with some sugary, caramel-like flavors, candi sugar and slight bready malt. Some slight sour flavors are present in the background throughout the sip. Alcohol and candi sugar notes remain present throughout with sour notes becoming more prominent on the middle and end of the sip. Tannins and slight red wine flavors join the fruity and caramel flavors in the middle and finish, but in a subdued fashion, while the bready malts drop off. Abundant alcohol on the finish as well as faint earthy Belgian hop and faint Belgian yeast spiciness and some sour notes. Aftertaste is earthy hops and alcohol. A very fruity, sweet, yet also sour flavor profile that is quite complex, though not to the degree of Rochefort 10. Still very well executed with a variety of flavors on the display. The Mouthfeel is sticky and medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, a slight acidic sting and a bit of an alcohol burn. Semi-drying. A good, pleasant sipping beer mouthfeel, true to style. Not quaffable, but that's not what the style is about. Overall quite the nice Trappist dark ale. True to the bones of the style but with a unique character due to the red wine and sour notes with a wonderful aroma and flavor and a nice sipping mouthfeel, quite nice and worth the $20 I paid to try it.

Auraan, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

A - Color is dark brown with a reddish copper color under light. Medium creamy head with plenty of lacing. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - Aroma is sweetly malty and floral. As I let the beer warm it produced a grape aroma that was not present when it was cold. Also as it warmed the aroma became more woodsy and rich almost like sassafras.

T - Tastes sweet with good alcoholic warmth. It has the yeasty flavor of fresh baked bread. Middle is caramel and toffee with a slightly astringent alcohol bite. As the beer warms beyond 50 degrees, there is a flavor like tea. Definitely better when it is in the 45 – 50 degree range.

M - Lightly carbonated as you would expect for a high alcohol brew. When I first opened the bottle and it was colder, there was more carbonation. Thick, viscous feeling in the mouth.

D - Great beer. Beer like this really makes me want to travel to Belgium. This a great sipping beer. I could drink this all night.

CDBeerDisappear, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of mscudder
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 served in a chalice.

A - Deep brown hue with a one-finger ivory head. Retention was short lived but left fair lacing.

S - Dark fruits, dark fruits and then more dark fruits. Lots of plum, sweet raisin, touch of fig and nutmeg. Perhaps a bit of citrus.

T- Sweeter on the tongue than on the nose. Nice esters and a dry taste throughout. Flavors follow from those described on the nose, although more distinctive courtesy of candi sugar.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation. I would prefer a fuller body with a touch less dryness. Well done nonetheless.

O - This is a strong showing that I can see enjoying on a number of occasions. A bit steep at $18, but you get what you pay for.... and this is excellent.

mscudder, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of FreshHawk
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark and cloudy mahogany and chestnut brown with a bit of a dark red hue and a good amount of yeast floating. Smaller than average tight, foamy head that settles pretty fast into a thin foamy lace that concentrates on one side.

S - Burnt brown sugar and molasses along with some caramel malt sweetness. Some dark and dried fruit covering all kinds of dark fruit. Some earthy, nutty and cocoa aroma comes out in the background. Some spices and yeast present, but not overly strong.

T - Similar to the nose. Strong burnt brown sugar and molasses sweetness along with some caramel malt. Dark fruit was present, but not dominant, or all that strong given the style. Mid sip brings some earthy and herbal bitterness along with a good amount of nutty and earthy flavors. Also touches of cocoa in the background. Sweet earthy nuttiness comes out stronger toward the finish. Just faint spiced and yeast flavor.

M - Medium body with a bit below average carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth.

D - Very drinkable with some sweetness and very smooth and creamy. Nice mix of sweeter malt and earthy/nutty flavor. Very easy to drink beer.

Notes: Best before 16/07/11. Very enjoyable beer with good subtle flavors and a good amount of sweet nutty and earthy flavors. Dark fruit isn't as strong as others in the style, but is present. Very enjoyable beer to drink. Definitely worth getting.

FreshHawk, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of roblowther
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle, aged @ about 58F, opened 1/11. Pours with an effervescent, frothy head that settles into a creamy layter that leaves nice lacing. The beer is ruddy mahogany and just gorgeous, really. The smell is raisins, cherries, cranberries, leather and a sugary caramel that makes the beer seem it will be very sweet (which the fresher examples I've had indicate it can be). The taste is just wonderful. That leather hits first, then cacao, a slight sharpness, a hint of sweet, then a lovely dry, earthy finish that just makes you want more. The mouthfeel is slight carbonation and then a slickness, a bit lighter than it looks or tastes. Drinkability is great, the alcohol is just a warm afterthought and the balance between the sweet and dry makes it go down very easy. To be honest, this has always been at the bottom of the Trappist list but aging this thing really brings out a lot that you don't get with the fresh stuff, beating out what we had at the monastery even though those glasses had the "I'm drinking it where its made with the monks after searching for this place forever" cachet. A VERY nice surprise!

roblowther, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of grub
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle. sampled oct 4/08.

pours deep red, not quite brown, with some serious chunks toward the end of the bottle. nice garnet and ruby hues when held to the light. a big fluffy tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving lots of lace.

aroma is great. loads of fruit. dark fruit - raisin, date, plum. lighter fruits - kiwi, passion fruit, guava. bit of alcohol. light belgian yeast character. cracker and white bread. touch of caramel. brown sugar. rock candi sugar.

taste is great. lots of fruit here too. raisin, grape, date, plum up front that fades into a bit of alcohol and caramelized sugar. there's less of the ripe tropical fruits in the taste, but still a hint. cracker and white bread. bit of biscuit. some yeasty character.

mouthfeel is good. just above medium carbonation, but well integrated and fairly smooth. just above medium body too, but it works.

drinkability is great. love the depth to the fruit and the solid malty character. great balance, hiding its alcohol very well. a great example of the style. thanks eric!

grub, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must say that it is always a pleasure to drink any Belgian beer, much less one of this caliber for the very first time. True to Trappist Grand Cru fashion, this beer proves to be delicate, complex, powerful, and graceful all at once.

Fruity aromas begin with a grapey/raison flavor- met with figs, dates, and cola. Confectionate sweetness mixes with the malts for an appetizing and moutwatering delight.

The beer pours a medium brown, solid burgundy, rusty-hazy hue with light carbonation for a Belgian ale. A thin sheet of lace tops the beer and hands on to pockets of foam until the end of the session. Not the rocky head or effervescent carbonation that I'm used to seeing in stately Belgian ales.

The candied flavors of stone (dark, dehydrated) fruits continue in taste where the aromas layed off. Juicy plumbs, grapes, and apples turn to aged fruits of raisons, prunes, and figs as the beer warms. Light and herbal hops add to a balance against the powdered sugar focused malt sweetness. Cola nut and sweet rum give an insight to the rare intangibles that it takes to turn a great beer into a world class one. Savory and succulent thorughout.

Though sweetly textured throughout, the beer shows a sugary feel early on but then warms into a fleeting and powdery sweetness that morphs into sweet and dry alcohols and mild warmth- far lower than the impression of 9.5% abv. Simply effortless to drink, this beer exceeds all expectations.

BEERchitect, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of beergeek279
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 750 mL bottle, into a large snifter. The color was a dark amber, with a thick beige head that held long after the beer was poured. The smell was a very slight fruitiness. The taste was a very rich fruity bouquet as well as a nice yeastiness to it. Mouthfeel was syrupy thick. As for drinkability, I could definitely have a few.

Achel has been called the weakest of the Trappist breweries, and perhaps rightly so. This beer is a statement, though, that they want to make high-quality beers, and here they have. A fantastic beer and IMO better than Chimay Grand Reserve, and one I'll hope to have again. One of the best pleasures was being able to share this one with fellow BAs, and thank you to JacktheRipper for buying this round!

beergeek279, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of impending
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A

750ml into a tulip. Pours a murky dark chestnut. With encouragement a dense coffee colored head towers, nice clumping froth.

Aroma is rich in complexity, airy dark fruits, grape, spices and fractal phenols. Superb

Fairly low in sweetness which seems most pronounced in the finish. Considerable raisins. The long lasting aftertaste has a sharply defined phenolic note, till tomorrow. A mild bittering but not of hops. Strong vinous notes with a dab of rum. Medium bodied smooth mouthfeel. Tremendous complexity, warms wonderfully.
cheers
jd

impending, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Into the tulip a somewhat clear ruby garnet Indian red body, then fills with deep mahogany brown color. Head has a nice creamy even texture, whipped up faint tan chocolate and light mocha cream in appearance. Wonderful rising carbonation, just a fantastic looking beer.

Wonderful toasty dense dark malt sugars and dark fruit sensations. Figgy and newton dense sweet cookies. Raisin and dense cake like vanilla. Incredibly rich smelling. Great stuff.

Palate hits with a little light body, but the richness comes through. Dense dark cherries, mild figs and raisins follow. Tight carbonation with a slight wet texture. Malt sweetness bringing in all the notes from the nose nicely. Vanilla finish and cream on the swallow... just coating so nicely.

Overall a real big fantastic tasting brew from these guys. Real solid and impressed this isn't a style I get excited about often, but this beer really delivers.

smakawhat, May 03, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color. It poured with a finger high light beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The taste has sweet aromas of dark fruits.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of malty sweetness with flavors of dark fruits—dates and plums seem to stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied and incredibly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very nice to sip and savor but it’s not too difficult to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

metter98, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Paddez
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found and bought this 750ml bottle in ABS Drinks in Winksele
.

Appearance: A brown & hazy liquid topped by a big, tan head. Very little lacing. Looks creamy and delicious.

Smell: Malts, raisins, dark fruits, coffee, brown sugar & some faint spicy notes. Very good but a bit too faint. Gets more full and complex as the beer warms though.

Taste: Buttery malts, toffee and dark fruits mainly. Slightly dry spices and faint hops balance out the sweetness. Yummy!

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Full bodied, this brew is smooth and creamy. The mouthfeel fits the style really well. The alcohol is wondrously well-hidden and doesn't show at all. Excellent.

Conclusion: A most excellent beer. A prime example of the style and by far the best brew from Achel.

Paddez, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of jhubeifc
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I continue my Trappist tasting with Achel Trappist Extra so I'll get right to it.
It poured a clear caramel brown which became cloudy as the gorgeous head formed. And when I say gorgeous, I mean this was the best head I can ever remember getting from a bottled beer. Three fingers of stunning light and frothy head at first but becoming thick and sticky in the center of the glass and slowly diminishing entire drink. There was a little bob of it at the base of my empty glass.
It had clear yeast or fresh bread on the nose with a faint alcohol touch in the background, expected with a 9.5% abv.
It tasted of bitter spice, light smoke, very, very faint whiskey. The carbonation was even across the tongue giving it a very smooth texture and making it quite drinkable for such a strong beer. It had a nice wet finish too which surprised me as I expected it to finish dry.
This beer really, really impressed me and I will certainly go back to it again in the not so distant future. In fact, there were not that many at my local spot, maybe I'll go clear out the shelf.

jhubeifc, Feb 13, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear, brown ale with a two and a half finger head poured into my chalice glass. Looks very nice. The head is nice and foamy, and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

The aroma was of spices, faintly earthy dark malts, rosé wine, and sweet fruits. 9.5 %? Can't tell it in the aroma.

Taste was surprising... dark malts, earthy, toffee, light coffee, some spiciness, and a definite alcohol bite when a large swallow was taken. Very complex and good, like it should be.

Mouthfeel was VERY smooth and creamy.

Drinkability... this stuff went down so damn nice. Would have been a 4.5, but the alcohol taste was a little too prominent, so I had to cut it back a bit. Still, without a doubt an excellent example of the style.

Thanks to GClarkage for the trade. This was just what I needed tonight, after a lousy day at work.

connecticutpoet, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 "a consmmer de preference' avant fin 03-2008" notched on the side of the label, poured into a chalice.

Amber tinged brown with a large creamy head despite a careful decant. Great retention and it leaves sheets of ringed foam as it goes down.

Spices, alcohol, figs, touch of candy sugar, and slight chalky yeast, all backed byearthy malts. The alcohol aroma isn't hot or very peppery, in no way is it out of place. I usually prefer it toward the finish, but this does fine with it upfront. Its almost like the figs were soaked in booze.

Very smooth and complex when tasted. Malts come in like an earthy velvet coating the tongue with spices (coriander and clove), sugars, bittering hops, and a dry finish that is warmed by the abv. Nice full mouthfeel that leaves nothing sticky or oily in its wake.

Not a beer I could session all night given the abv, but something this tasty could be sipped over the course of an evening. I could see myself doing just that with two of these while celebrating a special occassion.

ypsifly, Aug 24, 2005
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
95 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.